Operation Scrap-it

Merton’s fight against the blight of nuisance vehicles steps up a gear as Operation Scrap-It is launched in Merton on 21 September, giving the council powers to remove untaxed and abandoned vehicles from the public highway within 72 hours of them being reported.

Operation Scrap-it is a new scheme, funded by the Home Office, to tackle the problem of nuisance vehicles in London over the next year. The scheme enables councils to remove untaxed vehicles from the public highway for the first time. It also increases the speed in which councils can remove abandoned vehicles and helps them to provide free schemes for residents to dispose of their unwanted vehicles.

Under the new scheme vehicles confirmed as being untaxed will be removed to a secure car pound in Selsdon operated by London Borough of Croydon. When the council receives a report of a nuisance vehicle they will:
– Assess the vehicle within 48 hours to establish if it is untaxed, abandoned or dangerous
– Remove untaxed vehicles within 24 hours of assessing them – subject to DVLA approval
– Issue abandoned vehicles with a legal notice and remove them within 24 hours of the notice expiring
– Instantly remove dangerous vehicles
If the vehicle is on private land the owner can object to it being removed.

In addition the council now offers a free surrender scheme for Merton residents to get rid of their unwanted vehicles. Call 020 8545 3189 to arrange a collection. The council removed and crushed 618 vehicles through a similar scheme last year.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “We welcome the new scheme because the new powers allow us to remove untaxed vehicles from the streets and speeds up the process of removing abandoned vehicles. Operation Scrap-it should make a real difference to London and will help Merton to become a safer, cleaner and greener borough.”

To report an untaxed or suspected abandoned vehicle call 020 8545 3189 giving the location, colour, type/make/model and registration number or the vehicle.


Claire Bartlett
Senior PR and Press Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327